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Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw
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Aug 25, 09

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Read in October, 2009


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Dale Slow going. Complicated man and history. You always want what you can't have, even when you're a billionaire. It's also fascinating that most "common knowledge" and assumed information about him turns out to be mostly false; and that his autobiography and first two biographies were edited by his estate, cherry-picking the life he wanted to be known for. Also amazing insight into the legal state of unions and the industrial revolution versus now. I'll finish it, but it's quite thorough and a slow read.

He gave America the free library system, however, and regardless of all other things he did, he established the right of anyone and everyone in the country to expand their minds for free. Something to be said for that.


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